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Precast Specialties Corp. Teams Up with a Top Regional Architectural Firm


Precast Specialties Corp. has worked with respected architectural, engineering and interior design firm Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) on several projects including the new medical office buildings at Falmouth Hospital on Cape Cod and an addition to the regional headquarters of Nokia in Burlington, MA.

Founded in 1955, Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates has earned its reputation in the industry through numerous accolades including the Excellence in Design Award 2010 from Environmental Design and Construction Magazine for planning and designing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island Headquarters. The firm was also ranked as one of the top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News Record in 2010. Today, the company has grown to include 180 professionals with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island.

ISO-certified, SMMA also boasts a team of LEED-accredited professionals and is a member of the US Green Building Council. As a signatory of the Architecture 2030 initiative to design carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030, “SMMA is committed to practices such as HVAC systems with heat recovery of exhaust air, 100% fresh air supply, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and energy management systems, and their understanding of the construction process and history of effective working relationships with builders facilitates effective sustainable practice partnerships on projects” (SMMA website).

John D’Amelio, president of Precast Specialties Corp. enjoys working with SMMA. He says, “From their innovative use of precast concrete to their focus on green practices and promotion of sustainable design, we see SMMA as a leader in today’s eco-friendly design industry and look forward to teaming up with them on many more projects in the future.”

Completed work from Precast Specialties Corp. and SMMA

Falmouth Hospital

Falmouth, Massachusetts
The medical office building includes hospital ambulatory care functions, medical center, and private physician offices. The project secured a Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Grant to study renewable energy sources and green design approaches.
Contractor: Columbia Construction
Precast Components: Grey Cement, Light Sandblast Finish / Summitville Blend Thin Brick

Nokia Addition

Burlington, Massachusetts
Photo by Edward Jacoby via Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates

Regional headquarters facility that would attract top-notch telecom professionals. SMMA provided full design services for the new 270,000 sf facility, including technology labs, a conference center, A/V demonstration area, software testing labs, cafeteria, and fitness center.
Contractor: Gutierrez Construction Co. Inc.
Precast Components: White Cement with Local Aggregates, Light Sandblast Finish

A View From The Top


Interview with Precast’s President John D’Amelio

Precast Specialties Corp. Works on BU Project

Could you tell us about the project you are currently working on at Boston University?
“The addition of this on-campus residence hall has been something that the Boston University Medical School has talked about for decades. We are happy to be on the team that is making it a reality. For the nine-story, $40 million structure, designed by Beacon Architectural Associates, we created 120 architectural precast panels and 300 architectural precast trim units. The general contractor for the project is Walsh Brothers Inc.

Were there any other custom aspects of the job?
“Yes. The architect wanted the facade to have a smooth, sleek appearance. Our manufacturing team applied a light sand-blast finish to the panels to achieve the aesthetic objective. The panels are a custom blend of white and grey Portland cement with fine white sand and a DSC ‘Autumn Leaves’ tint.”

How do you think this building will impact the neighborhood?

“The new residence hall will replace a presently vacant structure and existing surface parking/storage uses along with substantial open space that will contribute to the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The project will also reduce pressure on local affordable housing, and increase foot traffic and commercial activity in the area.”

What else makes this project special?

“It is a project that has a design and manufacturing team that is based in the US. As the economy continues to recover, I think it’s important for educational institutions like BU to support American made products. Boston’s Mayor Menino echoes D’Amelio’s sentiment. ‘I’m proud to support this project because it will create graduate student housing for more than 200 students who will be the next doctors, researchers, and public health leaders,’ Mayor Menino said. ‘Additionally, this project creates 250 much needed construction jobs, allowing more men and women to go back to work.’”